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- DescriptionPraise for Fear of Landing... Set in the repressive Indonesia of the early 1980s...[a] powerful and highly original portrait of a particular time and place. -Publishers Weekly starred review It's the early 1980s. Western governments are pouring millions into development schemes on the islands of Java and Bali-even as President Suharto violently stifles dissent. For Canadian veterinarian Abner Dueck, the spice islands are an exotic locale for the seemingly mundane work of examining dead cows while working with old friends. But his life changes abruptly when some cows die under odd circumstances, and he meets a mysterious young Chinese woman. Then two of his friends-one Canadian and one Indonesian-are murdered. Dueck must battle Indonesian politics and local businessmen, military rulers, and international advisors who want to manipulate development projects to their own ends. To unravel the mysterious deaths of cattle and people, Dueck must first understand the long shadow cast on Indonesian life by the 1966 massacres; the complexities of their music; the demands and intrigues of love and conspiracy, death and mystery; and of course, cultural heritage and personal identity. David Waltner-Toews is an essayist, poet, fiction writer, veterinarian, and a specialist in the epidemiology of food and waterborne diseases, zooses (diseases other animals share with people), and ecosystem health. A professor in the Department of Population Medicine at the University of Guelph, he is the founding president of Veterinarians without Borders/Veterinaires sans Frontieres-Canada and of the Network for Ecosystem Sustainability and Health. Fear of Landing is his debut vel.
- Author BiographyDavid Waltner-Toews is an epidemiologist, essayist, poet, fiction writer, veterinarian, and a specialist in the epidemiology of food and waterborne diseases, zoonoses (diseases other animals share with people) and ecosystem health. A professor in the Department of Population Medicine at the University of Guelph, he is the founding president and CEO of Veterinarians without Borders/ Veterinaires sans Frontieres Canada (www.vwb-vsf.ca), as well as the founding president of the Network for Ecosystem Sustainability and Health (www.nesh.ca). He has worked in many countries, including Canada, India, Nepal, Indonesia, Kenya, Uganda, Guatemala, and Peru. Besides being an author on nearly 100 peer-reviewed scholarly papers, he has published half a dozen books of poetry, a collection of poems and recipes, an award-winning collection of short stories, and four books of non-fiction. He sometimes performs poetry in a special dress and kerchief (The Tante Tina poems). He thinks he might have lived long enough to have filched sufficient bits of wisdom to start writing mystery novels.
- Author(s)David Waltner-Toews
- PublisherPoisoned Pen Press
- Date of Publication01/10/2011
- SubjectCrime, Thriller & Adventure
- Place of PublicationScottsdale
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPoisoned Pen Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight303 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine13 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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